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Enterl Friar JACOMO.
F. Jac. This is the hour wherein I shall proceed;
[Strikes him and he falls.
Bar. Who is it?
Itha. I, master, he's slain ; look how his brains drop out on's nose.
1 Scene : the front of Barabas' house.
“O happy hour,
Wherein I shall convert an infidel,
And bring his gold into our treasury !” VOL. II.
F. Jac. Good sirs, I have done't, but nobody knows it but you two—I may escape.
Bar. So might my man and I hang with you for company.
Itha. No, let us bear him to the magistrates.
Bar. No, pardon me; the law must have its course.
30 And give my goods and substance to your house, Was up thus early ; with intent to go Unto your friary, because you stayed.
Itha. Fie upon 'em, master; will you turn Christian when holy friars turn devils and murder one another?
Bar. No, for this example I'll remain a Jew: Heaven bless me; what ! a friar a murderer? When shall you see a Jew commit the like?
Itha. Why, a Turk could ha' done no more.
Bar. To-morrow is the sessions; you shall to it. 40 Come, Ithamore, let's help to take him hence.
F. Jac. Villains, I am a sacred person ; touch me not.
Bar. The law shall touch you, we'll but lead you, we: 'Las I could weep at your calamity. Take in the staff too, for that must be shown : Law wills that each particular be known. [Exeunt.
Enteri BELLAMIRA and Pilia-BORSA.
Bell. Pilia-Borsa, did'st thou meet with Ithamore?
Pilia. I think so, but yet I cannot tell; for at the reading of the letter he look'd like a man of another world.
Bell. Why so?
Pilia. That such a base slave as he should be saluted by such a tall man as I am, from such a beautiful dame as you.
Bell. And what said he?
Pilia. Not a wise word, only gave me a nod, as who should say, "Is it even so;" and so I left him, being driven to a non-plus at the critical aspect of my terrible countenance.
Bell. And where didst meet him ?
Pilia. Upon mine own freehold, within forty feet of the gallows, conning his neck-verse,2 I take it, looking of a friar's execution, whom I saluted with an old hempen proverb, Hodie tibi, cras mihi, and so I left him to the
1 Scene: a balcony of Bellamira's house.
2 The verse read by criminals to entitle them to “benefit of clergy.” The first words of the 51st Psalm were commonly chosen.
mercy of the hangman : but the exercise being done, see where he comes.
Itha. I never knew a man take his death so patiently as this friar; he was ready to leap off ere the halter was about his neck; and when the hangman had put on his hempen tippet, he made such haste to his prayers, as if he had had another cure to serve; well, go whither he will, I'll be none of his followers in haste : And, now I think on't, going to the execution, a fellow met me with a muschatoes 2 like a raven's wing, and a dagger with a hilt like a warming-pan, and he gave me a letter from one Madam Bellamira, saluting me in such sort as if he had meant to make clean my boots with his lips; the effect was, that I should come to her house. I wonder what the reason is; it may be she sees more in me than I can find in myself: for she writes further, that she loves me ever since she saw me, and who would not requite such love? Here's her house, and here she comes, and now would I were gone; I am not worthy to look upon her.
41 Pilia. This is the gentleman you writ to.
Itha. Gentleman ! he flouts me; what gentry can be in a poor Turk of tenpence? I'll be gone. [Aside.
i Sermon. Cf. Richard III, iii. 2 :
I thank thee, good Sir John, with all my heart ;
I am in debt for your last exercise." 2 1.2., a pair of mustachios.
3 The contemptuous expression “Turk of tenpence” is found in Dekker's Satiromastix, &c.
Bell. Is't not a sweet-faced youth, Pilia?
Itha. Again, “sweet youth ;" [Aside]—did not you, sir, bring the sweet youth a letter?
Pilia. I did, sir, and from this gentlewoman, who, as myself, and the rest of the family, stand or fall at your service.
50 Bell. Though woman's modesty should hale me back, I can withhold no longer; welcome, sweet love. Itha. Now am I clean, or rather foully out of the way.
(Aside. Bell. Whither so soon?
Itha. I'll go steal some money from my master to make me handsome (A side]: Pray pardon me, I must go and see a ship discharged.
Bell. Canst thou be so unkind to leave me thus ? Pilia. And ye did but know how she loves you, sir.
Itha. Nay, I care not how much she loves me. Sweet Bellamira, would I had my master's wealth for thy sake. Pilia. And you can have it, sir, an if you please.
62 Itha. If 'twere above ground I could and would have it; but he hides and buries it up, as partridges do their eggs, under the earth.
Pilia. And is't not possible to find it out?
[Aside to PiliA-BORSA. Pilia. Let me alone; do you but speak him fair :
[Aside to her. But (sir) you know some secrets of the Jew,
70 Which, if they were revealed, would do him harm.